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Why is Nagma NOT contesting the Lok Sabha Elections 2019? Find Out!

Actress-turned-politician Nagma, who is supporting the Congress party, reveals to CineBlitz exclusively why she is not a part of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019

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Noted actress-turned-politician Nagma isn’t new to politics anymore. However, this time around, she shocked many when she revealed that while she will continue supporting the Congress Party, she will not be contesting in the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Amidst her busy campaigning, Bharati Dubey caught up with Nagma for an exclusive interview in which the politician revealed that she isn’t disappointed since she had the ticket, but this time she didn’t want it.

Why did you choose not to contest in Lok Sabha Elections 2019?

This time I was very particular because Priya Dutt had said a couple of months back that she is not interested. My residence is in Mumbai, in 2009 in D limitation, the other Versova and Juhu side seat had come up. That time Priya was there so I had asked for that other seat because she was already there. This time, unfortunately we lost Gurudas Kamat and Priya Dutt was in two minds because she had given out press release, so this time I was sure that I either want this seat or the other one. I didn’t want any other seat. Frankly speaking, Sanjay Nirupam’s seat is now contested by Urmila Matondkar which he should have rightly contested from. Since Urmila is a new candidate, it doesn’t matter to her. But once I had contested from Meerut and it was a difficult seat so now contesting from a different constituency is not what I want. Ultimately, they were giving me a seat from Borivali area which I don’t want.

Are you disappointed for not getting the seat you wanted?

I am also the General Secretary for All India Women’s wing. So in Mumbai, they were giving one ticket to women and so I said when RahulJi (Gandhi) is advocating 33 percent and if Priya wants to contest then it should be two tickets. My first option was from Bandra and second, was from North West which was Gurudas Kamat’s seat which Sanjay Nirupam got. Because of the caste combination and the ratio according to that, it was more appropriate. The other choice was given to me but I didn’t want that as I didn’t want to contest from North. I have already contested once from a difficult constituency and I feel women should get a chance.

Did you take up this issue to the higher authorities and did you try to speak to Rahul Gandhi about it?

I am a serious contender and both the constituencies have considered me but it was a collective decision of the party. I am now campaigning from different cities like Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and a few more. So I am campaigning and I am not disappointed because I did get the ticket, but I didn’t want that ticket.

Who do you feel will win?

It will be the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) which will win.

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